Goalkeeper icon Sepp Maier has criticized the circumstances of the separation from Bayern Munich’s club boss Oliver Kahn and put his relationship with the record champions into perspective. “Honestly, that’s not my Bayern Munich anymore,” said the 79-year-old in an interview sports1.
In all the decades he had “only experienced 90 percent good things” with Bayern, but the unpleasant ten percent included “the current situation. The thing with Oli has a bad aftertaste,” explained Maier.
Immediately after winning the Bundesliga title last Saturday, the club announced that Kahn and sports director Hasan Salihamidzic would be kicked out. “You just don’t do that, no matter what happened. You should have said goodbye to Brazzo and Oli with dignity. They didn’t deserve that. It was bad style,” Maier complained.
The 1974 world champion was reminded of his dismissal at Bayern under coach Jürgen Klinsmann. “I didn’t know anything about it either. So I can put myself in Oli’s mood.”
FC Bayern, Sepp Maier: “Conversation was held a week too early”
The timing of the recall was catastrophic. “I didn’t understand that and it’s not worthy of FC Bayern. If the men had done that a week later, that would have been fine with me,” said Maier.
But he could well imagine that Kahn could have freaked out in the dismissal talks with President Herbert Hainer and Honorary President Uli Hoeneß: “I know Oli, that was definitely the case. But the upper management at Bayern should also take a look at their own noses, because the interview was held a week early.” The Bavarian management probably no longer expected the championship with the 2-1 win in Cologne, emphasized Maier.